Tag Archive | New Mexico


“Ranchos de Taos” watercolor by kayti sweetland rasmussen It’s entire name is “San Francisco de Asis Mission church and it has stood in the plaza in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico since 1816. Possibly one of the most photographed churches in the Southwest, its rear view has attracted the attention of artists from all over […]

ARRIVAL AT TAOS Kate’s Journal

Episode 28 Taos “Taos In Winter” watercolor by kayti sweetland rasmussen Taos stands resplendent in the late afternoon sun, magnificent against the backdrop of the Sandia Mountains. Taos is the jewel in the crown of the nineteen New Mexican Pueblos, unchanged throughout the centuries, despite the influx of visitors who come to marvel at the […]

THE SOURCE Kate’s Journal

Episode 26 New Mexico 1966 <img src="https://pachofaunfinished.files.wordpress.com It has been said that 'Spider Woman' taught the Navajo to weave their extraordinary blankets, but I believe that knowledge was pulled down eons ago from somewhere beyond the clouds. High above the desert plain lies the village of Acoma, called Sky City. We drove up the steep […]


Episode 24 New Mexico, 1966 “People of the Sun” watercolor by kayti sweetland rasmussen The road leading east from Barstow is straight as a string, and the brilliant red sun resting on the highway as we drove straight into it on the second morning of our trip was eerily suggestive of an omen; but for […]


Episode 23 Fremont 1959 Mission Peak in Fremont, CA Our best friends as well as Sam’s family had all moved into this new community which incorporated in 1956 by merging five old farm districts. Business was booming with new doctors, dentists, banks etc. opening regularly. There were probably 6,000 people here when we moved; there […]


“Georgia Abeita” original watercolor painting by kayti sweetland rasmusse The job of a translator is to interpret, explain or even to change into another language, and taken in that context, we are all translators. Every day we are trying to reach common ground with someone, to convey something that we know, but which they do […]


“The Old Arrow Maker” original watercolor painting by kayti sweetland rasmussen The stories of our state’s Native Americans and those of New Mexico have intriguing similarities. I have been writing about the Indians of the Southwest for some time without comparing the histories of the local people. Santa Fe became a capital city 200 years […]